Friday, October 2, 2015

Dancing Threads Art Quilt Show at Porterville College

 These amazing local artists have created some beautiful quilted art pieces.
(Forgive my lousy photography.)
Visit the Porterville College Art Gallery to truly appreciate the art.


 I feel so honored to have them use fabric & other pretties from Calico Mermaid. Some have taught or attended classes at our shop & I am so excited to be a teensy little part of their creative process.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fifth Friday Fun!

Isn't this new Calico Mermaid bag just the best? 
I love how well it turned out!
Here's how to earn your very own
(limited edition) 
Fifth Friday Bag:
1. Spend $100 for merchandise before Thanksgiving 2015 to earn your very own bag...
(keep your receipts & let them add up - but remember supplies are limited!)
2. Bring in your bag on every Fifth Friday in 2016 to receive 
25% off 
all the regularly priced merchandise you can stuff into your adorable zipped up bag!
What fun! 
I told you so! 
I wouldn't call it Fifth Friday Fun if it really wasn't! 
You know me better than that by now, don't you?!
Here's the fine print: 
No Sand Dollar punches on your Fifth Friday purchases
No additional discounts on your Fifth Friday purchases
How many Fifth Fridays are there in 2016 anyway?
I'm so glad you asked...
January 29    April 29     July 29     September 30   December 30
So hurry on down & start earning your Fifth Friday Fun Bag!


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Row by Row Summer Fun!

So our summer has been a whirlwind, but the Row by Row Experience is winding down.
Our Quilty Mermaid kits are almost gone & September 8 will be the last day for 2015. 
It has kept us hopping all summer!

Guess which Quilty Mermaid kit sold out first!
(answer below)
Were you wondering about the different tail fabrics? I couldn't decide which fabric to use, & since each of our Mermaid employees had a favorite, we made up 4 different kits. 
One of our quilty friends, Becki, helped with the makeup.

(We could have made up 2 dozen different tails, but we had to draw the line somewhere. 
I'm kinds like that about everything. 
I have to read every greeting card in the rack before I decide & I do love a combination plate. 
Maybe that's why we have such a wide selection of fabrics in the shop.) 

The Quilty Mermaids were far more popular than we expected, so we had to 
substitute background fabrics last month.

 Here is Virginia, who was the first to bring her completed 
Row by Row quilt in to Calico Mermaid.

 She received a fat quarter stack of luscious water themed fabrics, & then an additional stack for including our Quilty Mermaid in her quilt.
 Her rows are all from California & New York state.

 We still have some 2015 license plates left. 
We've mailed them all over the U.S.A. this summer!

This is my project using license plates from other shops.
(I have a couple of these hangers left if you need one.)

My cousin walked into a quilt shop in Colorado & 
unexpectedly saw my Happy Quilter license plate from 2014 on their wall!

The best part of Row X Row?
Making lots of new quilty friends from all over. Some folks were traveling on vacation & stopped by to pick up a Quilty Mermaid kit. Others made a specific trip to our shop just for our row. 
We met couples, families, & carloads of friends.
Some had driven a few hours, but some others had been on the road for a week!
(You could always tell because they were the giggly ones.)
I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting with them & sharing ideas this summer.
That's the very best part!

Now...we're just wondering what the theme will be for 2016...
2014 Seasons
2015 Water
What do you think? What would YOU choose for the theme?

(The first Quilty Mermaid kit to sell out was the stained glass tail.)

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Mermaid FINtastic Summer Mini Retreat 2015

What a TON of fun we had this year at our Mermaid FINtastic Summer Mini Retreat!

We had a full house for 3 days (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.) of sewing fun! 
Everyone brought their own chosen projects to work on.

Some worked on their Row by Row projects, some finished up UFOs started years ago.

These girls finished up Jolly Jingle projects from last month.

 There were challenges & homework from classes to finish up.


There were many more completed blocks than I could show here. Such creativity & excitement!

They kept up the intensity for 3 days.

My job, of course, was just to keep them nourished, cool, & sugared up so they could work!

If you'd like to join us next time, be sure to watch our Class Calendars on our website:
Our FINtastic Mini Retreats fill up quickly!